Tiny Prints promotion? Well, this is the spectacular card I received from them! Printed on high quality cardstock, it was the ultimate Christmas card! I received phone calls and text messages from across the country declaring that my card was more awesome than words. I had to agree. See that black area in the middle? I left it like that purposely so that I could handwrite personal messages with a fancy white pen! And here's the back:
Yeah, I told you it was good! This was the first time I had ever used a picture of myself on our cards. Yeah, that picture is over a year old but...well, you know! The picture on the left of all of us was just taken in August. So I'm not like those 90-year-old people in the obituaries who have photos from when they were 29.
Finally, this is what is going to be the death of me. Do you know what Buckeyes are? I've found that many people who aren't from this part of the country call them peanut butter balls. I store them in the refrigerator because they taste so delicious when the chocolate has hardened! I hope I find time today to make Red Velvet Cupcakes.
Today is our "Christmas Eve." Since we're going to church on Christmas morning, we are going to wake up tomorrow and pretend it's Christmas Day. Tomorrow evening will be spent with my parents and brother. We will spend Christmas afternoon with my mother-in-law...we are all she has in life. She was widowed twice and only had one child. All her siblings have passed away. I always feel sorry for her around holidays. On Monday, Hubby is off! We will have Christmas with my mom's side of the family, which will be our biggest event. I love having a big family and I try to picture what life will be like in 20 years. My four kids will hopefully all come home with their spouses and children. I think I'm going to have to build a bigger house if I want them all to fit for holidays!
So, this is it. It's nearly here. Are you ready? If so, here's my fabulous recipe for Buckeyes!
1 lb. creamy peanut butter (2 1/4 C)
1/2 lb. butter (2 sticks)
1 1/2 t vanilla
1 1/2 lb. powdered sugar (5 2/3 C)
Blend peanut butter, vanilla, and butter together on low speed of mixer. Add powdered sugar. Mix by hand and knead. Roll into balls 1" in diameter. Put on waxed paper and refrigerate one hour.
6 oz. semi-sweet chocolate
6 oz. milk chocolate
Melt chocolates and paraffin in double boiler. Insert a toothpick in the center of each peanut butter ball and dip in melted chocolate, leaving a small circle of peanut butter showing. Place back on waxed paper to set. When hardened, rub out the hole created by the toothpick. These keep for quite a while in the refrigerator. I've never had them around long enough to go bad!
*Parrifin is a wax used in candle making. It's totally safe for cooking. You can find it in the baking aisle at your grocery store. It thins out the chocolate and makes it the perfect consistency for dipping. I shave off little bits at a time with a knife until the chocolate pours easily from a spoon.